The Significance Of Safety Measures at Construction Sites
A serious workplace injury or death can change one’s forever. Needless to mention, suffering and loss of manpower is immeasurable. This not only affects the economic status of the worker and his family but also affects their sentiments. For everyone who expects to see their loved ones back home hale & hearty, it is indispensable to ensure safety and security.
Construction work is one of the most vulnerable land- based jobs. Apart from the sudden unexpected events, misadventure due to the obvious goofs might take a heavy toll. With accidents at construction sites increasing at an overt rate, it has now become mandatory to ensure safety to all those who are involved in such construction work. The required safety measures are to be provided by the employer to its employees.
This is not only beneficial for the workers but also for the patron.
This is how proper safety measures at construction sites will impact the overall scenario:
# Reducing injuries can reduce business cost: Provision of just minimal safety is enough to save the employer from the post- injury bills of the injured worker.
#Safe workers are more loyal to their master.
# Safety improves quality: Safe workplace with efficient environment always ensure better result from the employees.
# Safe environments heighten the name of your respective company thereby evincing additional profits.
The potential hazards for the construction workers include:
# Fall from height
# Failure to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
# Trench Collapse
# Scaffold Collapse
# Improper Ladder Use
# Hazardous Chemicals
Safety Measures To Be Taken by Construction Site Managers:
- Damaged or worn electric cords must be removed
- All electric tools must be properly grounded
- Work on new electric circuits must be prohibited until the main power is cut off
- Overhead electrical lines must be kept in view.
- All electric appliances must be checked properly and regularly.
- Use guard lines, fall arrest systems (Body Harnesses), safety nets
- Cover floor holes
- Consider using aerial lifts or elevated platforms to provide safer elevated working surfaces
#Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
- Head Protection with the use of hard hats.
- Hand and skin protection with the use of well- fitted gloves.
- Face and Eye Protection with the use of safety goggles and full- face shields.
- Safety Footwear
- Respiratory Protection
- Ear Protection with the use of earmuffs or ear plugs.
- Always employ a professional engineer for building the protective system of trench.
- Protective systems should include shielding, Shoring and Sloping; all this should be as per the well- stated safety norms.
- Always provide a way to exit a trench–such as a ladder, stairwayor ramp.
- Scaffold should be sound, rigid and sufficient to carry its own weight plus four times the maximum intended load without displacement.
- Unstable objects should not be used to support the scaffold.
- Scaffold platforms must be tightly planked with scaffold plank grade material or equivalent.
- It must be equipped with guardrails, midrails and toeboards.
# Proper Ladders:
- The ladders should be used as per the task.
- Never load ladders beyond the maximum intended load or beyond the manufacturer’s rated capacity.
- Do not use the damaged ladders.
# Hazard Communication:
- Store chemicals safely and securely.
- Maintain a record for every inauspicious event and rule out the shoddy customary practices.
It is high time, thus all the members involved in the construction work ranging from top class to lower should follow the well- known statement “Safety First” to ensure that the development is at pace and also in par with the security of mankind.